Available in the keys of D, C, Bb
British Racing Green or Pearlescent Red
Quite sadly, Paul Hayward passed away in November 2012. Silkstone whistles are no longer available.
Rest in peace, Paul.
Silkstone whistles are fairly new to the World of Whistles, but they are
already receiving some excellent reviews. They are made in England by Paul Hayward, who
pays tremendous attention to the smallest of details. His whistles are made of uPVC and
painted with a gloss metallic "British Racing Green" or "Pearlescent
Red" - most cars would be envious of the paint job - and they sound as good as they
look! They have a wonderful, full, round tone, and are loud enough to keep up in sessions
without being overpowering or shrill.
The gently tapered finger holes are very comfortable, and the curved
windway reduces the chance of condensation build-up when playing.
The Silkstones that we sell are actually Paul's Second Generation of
whistles. He was (and still will if asked) making his whistles with a larger windway,
which did produce more volume, but also required more air. We play-tested both versions
here at The Whistle Shop, and we agree with Paul that his second generation has improved
an already excellent whistle.
Each whistle is individually numbered and initialed, and comes with a
handsome hand-made pouch, and "Owners Manual" (see pics below). The Owners
Manual includes a fingering chart, as well as some info about Paul Hayward, Silkstone, and
whistles in general.
If your looking for a slightly quieter whistle, you might want to take a
look at the Silkstone "GoldRing" Whistle.
In the past, we've never recommended any of our "High-End
Whistles" to beginners, but this whistle is an exception. It plays very easily in
both octaves - we feel it would be an excellent choice for someone just starting out (as
always, we still recommend that you read all the way through our Beginner's Section before
deciding on your first whistle purchase).
Pearlescent Red (nontunable version)
If you'd like to learn more about Silkstone Whistles, their website is
at www.silkstone-whistles.com - just
remember to come back to The Whistle Shop when you're done ;o)
As of this time, Paul Hayward is no longer making whistles.